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Visual Psychophysics: From Laboratory to Theory

by Zhong-Lin Lu and Barbara Dosher The MIT Press
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Hbk 464 pages
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Vision is one of the most active areas in biomedical research, and visua lpsychophysical techniques are a foundational methodology for this research enterprise. Visual psychophysics, which studies the relationship between the physical world and human behavior, is a classical field of study that has widespread applications in modern vision science. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this textbook provides a comprehensive treatment of visual psychophysics, teaching not only basic techniques but also sophisticated data analysis methodologiesand theoretical approaches. It begins with practical information about setting up a vision lab andgoes on to discuss the creation, manipulation, and display of visual images; timing and integrationof displays with measurements of brain activities and other relevant techniques; experimentaldesigns; estimation of behavioral functions; and examples of psychophysics in applied and clinicalsettings. The book's treatment of experimental designs presents the most commonlyused psychophysical paradigms, theory-driven psychophysical experiments, and the analysis of theseprocedures in a signal-detection theory framework. The book discusses the theoretical underpinningsof data analysis and scientific interpretation, presenting data analysis techniques that includemodel fitting, model comparison, and a general framework for optimized adaptive testing methods. It includes many sample programs in Matlab with functions from Psychtoolbox, a free toolbox forreal-time experimental control. Once students and researchers have mastered the material in thisbook, they will have the skills to apply visual psychophysics to cutting-edge visionscience.
Zhong-Lin Lu is Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor ofPsychology, and Director of the Center for Brain and Cognitive Sciences at The Ohio StateUniversity. Barbara Dosher is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Sciences and Dean of the School ofSocial Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.